LA GRANDE, Ore. -- A big second half by the College of Idaho Coyotes kept the Lewis & Clark Pioneers from a victory in their first game of the Coach Mike Memorial Tournament on Saturday. The Pioneers are playing back-to-back days at Eastern Oregon. The Pioneers entered halftime down by only two but the put up 51 points in the second half to earn a 77-67 victory.
Alyx Crager had a career-high 30 points on 11 of 19 shooting. Delsie Johnson and Tori Eichten each scored in double figures as well. Crager, Johnson, and Eichten accounted for 57 of the team's 67 points.
The Pioneers pulled out to a 4-0 lead in the first minute of the game off of two consecutive baskets by Crager. The Yotes battled back and traded baskets with the Pioneers for the remainder of the first quarter. A foul by Crager put Schritter to the line and she sank one of two free throws to pull the Yotes up by one. Crager was the offensive spark for the Pioneers in the first half scoring 17 of her 30 points in the first two quarters. A jump shot by Crager with five seconds left in the second quarter brought the Pioneers to within two going into half-time.
Crager started off the third quarter with a three-pointer to give the Pioneers their first lead since the start of the game. The Pioneers and Yotes would trade shots for the remainder of the third quarter with the Yotes entering the final quarter up by five. Two consecutive baskets by Eichten to start the fourth quarter got the Pioneers to within one. With five minutes left in the game, a foul by Casey Yates put Johnson on the line. She sank both free throws, followed by an offensive rebound and put-back to even the game at 59. This is the closest the Pioneers would get as an 8-0 run by the Yotes gave them a 67-59 lead with less than two minutes to go.
- Eichten had a career-high 11 points
- The Pioneers had a better field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free-throw percentage than the Yotes but were outshot 72-48
- The Pioneers had only five offensive rebounds to the Yotes' 24
- Julia Barsochinni was two for two from the three-point line and tied her career-high with six points
- Sara Hogman had a career-high six assists
The Pioneers face off against host Eastern Oregon tomorrow at 3 p.m.